More On Childrens Book Illustration

On an incredible early Spring day here in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, I've worked a bit more on the new children's book, "Duncan's Magic Garden". This is a 5"x7" beginning Ink sketch on smooth illustration board. The image to the right is a close up of the intricate border that will frame our leading man, er...bunny (click on the thumbnail below right for a nice close look and remember to use your magnifying tool). My plan is to have a half dozen very ornate borders, then 25 additional illustrations representing the story. Each smaller illustration will fit inside the various borders. Having worked in the (ACEO) format (2.5" by 3.5") for the last five years, its been a challenge to break away into a larger format, but I'm getting the hang of it! Below is an example of the page border with one of my other critter-characters so you can get a sense of how the illustrations will fall into place.

Duncan and his bunny clan are also known as the "Fabbitz"(as in the Fabulous Rabbits) Below is Duncan Alexander at his birthday bash with the Fabbitz clan.

Duncan's portrait was done as a miniature painting, also known as an (ACEO) and was part of a Triptych. A Triptych is three small paintings, each unique in itself, but when laid side by side also make up a lager composition.

Triptych Below:


Dragonfly Treasure said...

Love the frames and the tryptich! Have a great weekend!

Corina.- said...

Hi Mel,

Love you tryptich! I have a weakness for bunnies!!

By the way, I have just tagged you, so please go to my blog tomorrow morning to read about it and follow the trend!!!

Audrey said...

your! & keep updating us! This is the type of beautiful, cute book I'd love my child (ren) to read!

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